What They Did Right: Studio 450 Modern Glam Reception

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Blog | 2 Comments

The final installment of Sara and Trevor’s stunning wedding. I loved working on this party and I just love the images that Karen Wise captured.
After the ceremony, guests moved upstairs to the roof for cocktails (which included a lovely champagne bar!).  Meanwhile, we were busy in the process of transforming the ceremony space into a chic, glamorous dining room for the delectable meal that guests were about to enjoy.  The best part of Studio 450 is that it is so very versatile.  Sara and Trevor were major foodies, PLUS food gave us a space to play with and incorporate Sara’s Chinese and Trevor’s mid-western roots.  Because we knew that the guests would be seated for 5 full courses (plus wine pairings) we spent a lot of time creating table designs that would inspire conversation, a bit of between course mingling and of course, feel as glamorous and elegant as the room itself.  We used these awesome round menu cards as both “charger liners” AND as place cards.  A lot of time was spent calculating the most enjoyable position for each of the 100 guests in attendance.  We had a wine pairing for each course (including a sake), which is a lot of glassware, plus I wanted to keep things airy… I just love the modern drama that these white goblets added to the table top.  A tiny detail, but it made the world of difference. When we can, it’s so awesome to do something a little different and special for the bride and groom.  Here we brought in a mirror top table for them to sit on, which sat between the four main dining tables. A perfect position for dinner!

SaraTrevor1For you food lovers out there, here is some of what we served. A salmon sashimi dish followed by a duck carpaccio and an absolutely fabulous beef duo of short ribs and a strip steak. Not pictured was the gorgeous braised miso cod over black rice. yummy. Thanks to Creative Edge for doing such an outstanding job.

The best part of any wedding is seeing people actually interact with the room. It comes alive to see the “design” actually be used. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food, but even with tons of delicious food, it’s hard to get people motivated after 5 courses and fabulous wine. SO, right when dinner was winding down, we livened things up with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance Troupe. They performed for the crowd, who were completely delighted, and presented the bride and groom with traditional scrolls. After that, everyone was ready to dance and, to facilitate that, we passed desserts on the dancefloor and set up a sweet station. All in all, it was an intimate and unforgettable evening.


  1. Kim @BrideGoggles
    September 9, 2010

    Love the use of the candles – so romantic!

  2. Lilian
    September 11, 2010

    Gorgeous !!!! Love the Ghost Chairs.
    Absolutely beautiful.


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